03:56pm Wednesday 19 February 2020

Colloquium examines hearing loss and the role of timing in hearing-related disorders

Associate Prof. Catherine McMahon

Learn more about this timely topic when Associate Professor Catherine McMahon presents “Precise timing in hearing and hearing-related disorders”, the first lecture in the Macquarie Colloquium Series for 2012.

Professor McMahon is the Head of Audiology at Macquarie and a member and project leader with of the Centre for Language Science. She is also Vice President of Audiology Australia, the peak professional body for audiologists.

She has two broad research areas: developing a better understanding of the processes underlying hearing and its disorders to improve diagnosis and treatment and improving hearing health policy for Australians. Her research is conducted in conjunction with the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre, National Acoustics Laboratory and the Centre for Vision Research.

Professor McMahon was a core part of the team that successfully bid for the $40 million grant in 2008 to establish the University’s “Hearing Hub”, which is currently under construction on the University campus and expected to be completed in 2013. She was also part of the interview team for the successful $37 million HEARing Clinical Research Centre established in 2007.

Professor McMahon notes that most permanent hearing loss results from disruption to our ability to resolve pitch (spectral cues). Her talk will focus on the effects of disruption of precise timing in hearing (temporal cues). For this type of loss, hearing aids are typically not effective. She will highlight the challenges in managing disruptions to timing and the limitations of modern cochlear implants in providing these cues.

The 60-minute lecture includes time for audience questions and answers.

What: Macquarie Colloquium Series – Precise timing in hearing and hearing-related disorders.
Who: Associate Professor Catherine McMahon, Head of Audiology
When: Thursday, April 19 2012, 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
Where: MGSM Sydney CBD Campus, Level 7, 37 Pitt Street, Sydney
Cost: Free
RSVP: Online registration essential. Light refreshments provided.


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